New Leaves

Sep 03, 2020 by Arthur

Far From Home - Glacier National Park

From Michigan to Montana, after nine days and about 1800 miles of driving across US-2, the northernmost route, we arrived at Glacier, a place that for many years we had dreamed of seeing. And even though part of the park was closed, this dramatic and inspiring masterpiece of nature did not disappoint. Around every bend and along every trail we gasped in wonder at the heights and depths of this awesome work of God. Join us as we attempt to share just a little of that experience.

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Aug 30, 2020 by Arthur

700 Miles Across Montana

The final segment of our nine days of travel along US-2 toward Glacier National Park. Crossing from North Dakota into Montana, we spend two more days driving across the plains, with stops at Glasgow, Fort Peck Dam and Lake, Saco, Chinook, Havre, Shelby, and Cut Bank. After our 700-mile trek across Montana, we arrive at the west entrance to Glacier at Apgar.

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Aug 27, 2020 by Arthur

Across the Plains

Fortified with a van-life breakfast, we search for an elusive field of sunflowers. Leaving Minnesota, we explore Grand Forks, North Dakota, then head across the plains toward the geographic center of North America at Rugby, ending the day at the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot.

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Aug 26, 2020 by Arthur

The Mighty Mississippi

From the Roadrunner's favorite place to shop, Acme Tools, to Itasca Park and the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River, our tour continues with great enjoyment. Van-trekking is a great way to see the wonders and beauties of the great United States of America.

Have you ever walked across the mighty Mississippi? You can …if you're in the right spot, in Itasca State Park. And we give a little insight into cooking in the van.

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Aug 25, 2020 by Arthur

A Real Indian Chief: Chief Jay

As we travel, we hope to interview interesting people that we meet. Hear Chief Jay as he speaks with us about some of the issues that confront native Americans today.

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Aug 25, 2020 by Arthur

Something Smells Fishy

Smoked Fish, a Big Fish, Enger Tower, Judy Garland, and Chief Jay are all highlights of Day 6 on our Adventure. But only the smoked fish and the big fish actually fit the "fishy smell" title. Don't miss the interview with Chief Jay that we had during the evening.

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Aug 24, 2020 by Arthur

One of a Kind

Frank Lloyd Wright gas station, flower garden, and the waterfront in Duluth, MN are highlights on this day of our travel.

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Aug 24, 2020 by Arthur

One of a Kind: Betty's Garden

Enjoy the interview conducted with a marvelous lady named Betty that we met in Duluth MN. Betty transformed a 200 foot strip of land near her waterfront home.

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Aug 23, 2020 by Arthur

A Day of Rest

Sabbath Rest in Ashland, WI: City of fish, murals, and iron ore. Join us as we take a little tour.

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Aug 22, 2020 by Arthur

Upper Michigan's Iron Country

Iron Mountain, Iron River, Ironwood, an Olympic ski jump, a pasty competition, and Hiawatha. Come ride with us.

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Aug 21, 2020 by Arthur

A Ghost Town …in Michigan?

Travel with us along US-2 from St. Ignace to Iron Mountain, Michigan. Truly an adventure! We discovered a ghost town, made new friends who live in a bus, searched for a gorge, and ended the day at a fresh spring. This one's a little long, because it was such a busy and exciting day. If you would like to see the inside of Steve and Jennifer's bus, and hear more about their story, please visit their blog at www.bustransform.com. They did a fabulous job on the interior of the bus, and they also write a lovely blog.

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Aug 20, 2020 by Arthur

Old Memories and New Discoveries

Heading up to the beginning of US-2, featuring Bellaire, Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Mackinaw City, Michigan. We also visited the The Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

For more of Bonnie's grandparents' story, scroll down to Happy 100th Anniversary, George and Laura.

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Aug 19, 2020 by Arthur

VanTrek 2020, A New Adventure

The Joyces are at it again. We're beginning another circle tour of the American west, this time more inland than our first trip. We're also experimenting with using videos more often than text. This entry includes a short tour of our van and the changes we've recently made to it. Obviously our blog is a work in progress. Subscribe and get updates whenever we publish a new video. And, always, your feedback is welcome!

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Apr 21, 2020 by Bonnie

Madie's Devotional Journal 1972-73

Mom didn’t write every day, but I thought I’d record this short account I found in a little notebook. She started this when she was 50 years old, and prayed for all of her children, and little Marti, her niece.


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Apr 13, 2020 by Bonnie

A Letter from Dad

A year after Mom left us, I am finally getting around to going through the boxes of memories that she left for us. Most of the writings are in Mom's hand, but occasionally I will find one of Dad's (gold!). I thought I'd share this one today, written to his children. Somehow it seems fitting to the present time, a reminder of the basics of life.

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